PETE ROZELLE RUMORS & GOSSIP
Pete Rozelle, in his fourth year as the commissioner of the NFL, was faced with perhaps the toughest, most daunting task of any figure in sports. Rozelle's decision
Bottom Line: Sports heals most when people hurt worse.
The ghost of Jack Kennedy haunts electronic America this week with the 50th Anniversary of his death this Friday, November 22.
The bubble in the Bell Curve of blog readers is about 35 years old, so most networked Americans have no first hand memory of the president. Those of us of a certain age recall our every moment of...
(Photo courtesy of ESPN Outside the Lines)
As we approach the 50th anniversary of the JFK Assassination, various networks have been rolling specials to remember the day. ESPN is no different. On Sunday, it will offer a report on Outside the Lines looking back on the NFL's decision to play games just two days after President John F. Kenedy was killed. It was a difficult weekend...
Pro Football Hall of Famer Len Dawson is being honored again in Canton as this year's recipient of the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award.
The former Kansas City quarterback has served as a color commentator for the Chiefs Radio Network since 1982. He was an analyst for NBC from 1976-82. Dawson also hosted HBO's ''Inside the NFL'' from 1977-2001.
Via AP on Fox
June 28, 2012
Andrew Stewart earned a rare victory against the NFL pension plan this week as a federal judge ruled officials "abused their discretion" in denying the Cleveland Browns defensive lineman disability benefits.
US District Court Judge William Quarles Jr. ordered Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle NFL Player Retirement Plan -- a benefit run jointly by the NFL and NFL Players Association...
The Houston Texans have won the Pete Rozelle Award for the best media relations department in the NFL.
Houston won the award from the Professional Football Writers of America for the third time in six years and fourth since 2004.
The staff is led by Kevin Cooper, and includes Evan Koch, Zac Emmons, Charles Hampton and Brett Maikowski. Cooper has been on the staff for all four Rozelle...
Via AP on Fox
June 20, 2012
The NFL Draft was not always a three-day television overrated event, it was much simpler in 1981. The NFL Commissioner was Pete Rozelle and the draft was held at the Sheraton Hotel in New York City.
Check out the 1981 draft broadcast:
Top 5 draft picks of 1981:
1. New Orleans Saints - RB George Rogers
2. New York Giants - LB Lawrence Taylor
3. New York Jets - RB Freeman...
As we resume with day number three of the 2012 NFL Draft, it’s worth looking back on the humble beginnings of the event, to get some perspective on just how far things have come.
This awesome video of ESPN’s 1981 draft coverage does just that, showing us a loosely organized get together inside a hotel ballroom, struggling with technical difficulties … as opposed to the multi...
The NFL, which is trying to maintain its TV blackout of home games that don't sell out, missed an opportunity 40 years ago to preserve an even more restrictive policy when it rebuffed an effort by President Richard Nixon to lift the hometown blackout just for playoff games.
On a previously unreported tape recording, now in the National Archives, Nixon told his attorney general...
Via AP on Fox
February 11, 2012
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When the NFL expanded the playoffs in 1978, then-commissioner Pete Rozelle hoped it would increase the popularity of the league. What could be more popular than Tim Tebow taking snaps on the opening weekend? The NFL playoffs, which have since be expanded to 12 teams, have become must-watch entertainment for sports fans, but they have also been watered down.